Blue Luna – a project for a caregiver facing cancer

I recently heard of a caregiver for someone I know with chronic illness being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  I started thinking about design options, and was drawn to do a cluster of monarch butterflies, such a lovely symbol of tenacity and rebirth.

¡Mariposa Monarcha! by Scott Clark

¡Mariposa Monarcha!, a photo by Scott Clark on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, grant her and her family unexpected joys, hope, peace, strength, and faith for the journey.


The most important thing…

“The most important thing you can do for your dream? Pray, pray, and pray some more.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

DSC_8457 by caddy_corner
DSC_8457, a photo by caddy_corner on Flickr.

I have a tendency to think about my dream, plan for my dream, work on my dream, but to forget to pray.  Father, help us to remember to pray!

Reaching for Faith – Fur Highlights

The initial inspiration for this piece was seeing Romanji, my little black cat, silhouetted against a window with stained glass privacy film.  Romanji is black with the occasional white hair peeking through.

I liked the idea that he cat should not be totally black, and added a variegated black-to-grey fiber into the flat DMC black thread to get this effect.

Reaching - fur highlights by Carmen CS
Reaching – fur highlights, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of free will.  Help me to make choices that bring me further into the light, and turn away from the dark.

Valley of Shadow – Framed

I chose a rustic wood frame to give the piece warmth.

Valley of Shadow - Framed by Carmen CS
Valley of Shadow – Framed, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I hold them up to You for the rest of their lives.

How much better…

“How much better to leave tracks in time that tell of lending a helping hand, lifting someone’s load a little, bringing a bit of love and laughter into someone’s dark day.”

From my morning readings in “Outdoor Moments with God”, by W. Phillip Keller.

snow swirls by paul+photos=moody
snow swirls, a photo by paul+photos=moody on Flickr.

And what joy to bring beauty into the world!  Thank you, Father, for giving us creativity and aesthetics!

Valley of Shadow – Stitched!

And here it is completely stitched!

Valley of Shadow - Stitched! by Carmen CS
Valley of Shadow – Stitched!, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You stay with them and grant them peace and healing without end.

Keep pursuing the God…

“Keep going.
  Keep believing.
Keep pursuing the God who never stops pursuing you.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

Rushing to Sing by Andrew Stawarz
Rushing to Sing, a photo by Andrew Stawarz on Flickr.

Keep following that dream, that voice, that gives us joy and purpose!